Chapter 13: Our God is Our Savior

“Surely God is my salvation;

I will trust and not be afraid.

The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2
God is my savior!  This truth has lifted us up these intense few weeks since our last update.  We have many praises!  We were blessed with family coming into town.  We were blessed with some much needed funds coming in.  We were blessed with God’s words, when ours were not enough.  Did I mention that Jack is fully healed but some slight discoloration!?!  Praise the Lord!
It has been almost a month since fellow volunteer Erica B. returned home.  We were stressed, overwhelmed and running on empty.  Enter family.  It is amazing how a visit from family can be immensely refreshing.  Though it had only been 6 months, it felt like 6 years had passed.  We needed to be poured into, encouraged, and loved in only the way that family can.  God new we would need this right after Erica’s departure and in our solo adventure beginnings.  Praise the Lord!
God provided more refreshment as we have had some much needed financial support come in!  We are now able to stay till September 1st.    We still need to raise $8,000 to be fully funded for the remainder of our financial needs including living expenses and airfare to return in the beginning of December.  Please continue to pray for us as we rely on the provision of God for our financial needs.
When our words were not enough, which I don’t believe they ever are, God spoke.  Michelle was given multiple opportunities to share her faith and testimony with our staff!  One of our girls lost one of her grandparents this past month.  I was thankful that God allowed us to be present in her life during this tragic time.
Also, a review of our coffee shop recently took place by a local blogging community.  When they were visiting the shop they asked about our  history.  This allowed me to share about our church, Spencer Green, and why we are here.  This prompted them to share the song Sweet Surrender on their blog, a part of their review.  In Spencer Green’s song, he shares about the sweet surrender to God and shares his testimony about his faith and journey in life.  How amazing the movement of God is, when we are faithful to His call on our lives.  Spencer’s testimony still reaches countless people in the states and Poland today, many years after he has now gone to be in the sweet presence of our Lord.
Please keep our staff at Sweet Surrender in your prayers.  As we come to the end of this month, many of our girls are graduating college and transitioning towards jobs closer to their education pursuits.  We will be taking time to pray with each of the girls as they depart, please pray that God would speak through us for this last time we will be speaking with most of them for the foreseeable future.  It has been an incredible opportunity to minister to them, and I know that God has big plans in each of their lives.If there is one truth we hold to, it is this.  It’s not about us.  We are not here for ourselves, but for others.  God uses each of us where we are at for His will. No matter where you are in life, God is using you in ways that make sense to Him.  Give your lives fully to Him, allowing Him to be your focus.  It is humbling when you recognize that the creator of the universe has plans to use you and me for His will and work in this world.  Be encouraged, live your life with a purpose, trust your Savior!

Prayer Requests:
  • We need to raise an additional $8,000 to be fully funded(food, utilities, and return ticket home for a family of 4)
  • For our final talks with our staff, as we pray for them, and as we minister to them daily
  • For our staff as they are all going through final testing for the semester this week
  • For hiring of new staff; right people, right place, right timing
  • For our future plans: returning to the states, re-fundraising, next steps (whether we return to Poland, next volunteer trip, or something else!)  But that no matter where or what or how, that we would have a peace, patience, and confidence about following God’s will